Director for Data, Development Technology and Innovation

March 13, 2019
Washington, D.C.
Post Type
Experience (minimum)
10+ Years
Education (minimum)
Travel Required?
Base Salary
$110,000 - 120,000


InterAction is the largest U.S.-based coalition of international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) with nearly 190 members working around the world in low- and middle-income countries, fragile states, and emerging economies. Member organizations are large and small, secular and faith-based, with a focus on people living in the world’s most poor and vulnerable places. The U.S. public, foundations, and governments support the work of our member NGOs that collectively invest and manage more than $15.4 billion a year. InterAction revenues come from dues, government grants, private foundations, corporate partners, and a growing fee-for-service program portfolio. Using its collective voice and convening power, InterAction seeks to shape important policy decisions and actions across a wide range of issues – including foreign assistance, humanitarian relief, social and economic development, and effective, accountable governance – that advance human dignity and human potential.

Position Description
Are you passionate about the application of data, geospatial analysis, innovation, program monitoring and results measurement to cross-cutting global development challenges? Are you also someone who enjoys collaboratively creating and improving bigger picture coordination systems to enable the sharing of open data and information? Do you care deeply about advancing the sophistication and effectiveness of non-governmental organizations’ programming and advocacy in the areas of relief and development? InterAction is seeking an experienced leader to build, drive and manage work related to data and innovation in support of our multi-stakeholder policy advocacy and networked program learning efforts. Key aspects of this role will include direction of efforts to re-envision and modernize InterAction’s NGO Aid Map platform while also managing grants, consultants, staff efforts, and coalition working groups related to civil society organization capacity building and learning connected to data, evaluation and innovation for development.

This position will reside within InterAction’s division of Global Development Policy and Learning and report to the Vice President, Development Policy, Advocacy and Learning. The incumbent will provide leadership and support through supervision, project and budget management, and engagement with member NGOs and partners across civil society, governments and businesses. To be successful, s/he must be a team player and a pro-active manager of processes and people with stellar inter-personal and project management skills.

• Manage the modernization of InterAction’s NGO Aid Map by consultatively designing, resourcing and building the next generation version of this information platform. To ensure NGO Aid Map is viable and relevant to its users and its data owners well into the future, this effort will include conducting or overseeing user research as well as leading or project-managing: a technical audit, the substantial refactoring of the back-end of the system, and updates to the codebase or components thereof.
• Lead work associated with the application of NGO Aid Map or similar data collection and sharing tools to build the capacity of civil society organizations where InterAction has been asked to do so (eg. through a new IFAD-funded grant to promote knowledge-sharing and the use of data management and analysis to inform agricultural policies in East Africa and the advocacy strategies of farmers’ organizations in Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda).
• Build and manage relationships with project funders and current and future project partners.
• Grant management, including managing the budget, associated staff, consultants, partner activities and meeting grant requirements.
• Manage InterAction’s Evaluation and Program Effectiveness Working Group, including supervising related staff efforts; establishing and maintaining good relationships with peers and working group members; building consensus around strategy and learning efforts; tracking, analyzing and reporting on pertinent policy and practice developments related to monitoring, evaluation and measurements of impact.
• Represent InterAction on a range of issues at high-level events and working-level meetings with InterAction members, donors, foundations, universities, businesses, partner countries and civil society organizations.
• Provide direction and/or supervision of special initiatives and new lines of effort related to innovation, technology and development.
• Contribute to strategic planning and fundraising efforts to maintain and expand related areas of work.
• Contribute to preparations for InterAction conferences as well as writing and editing materials for team publications.
• Support other InterAction teams, working groups and initiatives as needed and perform other duties as assigned by the Vice President, Development Policy, Advocacy and Learning.

Qualifications Required:
• At least 10 years of professional experience, with significant exposure to international development and non-governmental organizations and with demonstrable exposure to fields including data science, geographic information science, and technology research and development.
• Passionate about making data accessible, relevant and useful to communities and decision-makers.
• Demonstrated experience with each of the following: project management, budget management and talent management.
• Comfort with adapting activities based on changing situations or priorities.
• Extensive knowledge of the field of data for sustainable development and aid transparency, including data standards like the International Aid Transparency Initiative and actors in the sector.
• Excellent verbal and written communications skills, with an ability to effectively communicate on technical or complex topics to non-experts as well as to experts.
• Familiarity with current policy issues in open data, GIS, information risks and accountability.
• Strong interpersonal skills and ability to manage relationships with InterAction members, partners and other external stakeholders.
• Collaborative leadership style, including mentoring and supporting team members.
• Excellent organizational skills and a proven ability to lead and prioritize multiple projects while meeting deadlines within a fast-paced environment of competing demands.
• The ability to proactively anticipate as well as respond to the needs of members of InterAction.
• Highly motivated team player.
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office;
• Demonstrated commitment to InterAction’s core values and mission.
• Ability to travel up to 15% domestically and internationally.

Qualifications highly valued:
• Experience with 7-figure grant and/or budget management.
• Experience in key geographies (including East Africa) preferred.
• Experience working on food security and agriculture issues.
• Experience managing or working with multi-partner initiatives.
• Facilitation and coalition-building experience;
• An advanced degree and demonstrated academic focus on public policy, international development, and data science;
• Advocacy experience;
• Demonstrated experience producing research products and other written materials.
• Familiarity with current issues in monitoring, evaluation and learning.
• Strong interest in science and technology trends with the potential to disrupt fields of knowledge.
• Demonstrated capacity to create and maintain professional networks.
• A sense of humor.

There are no extraordinary physical requirements for the performance of the essential functions of this position. InterAction will make reasonable accommodation to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

The salary range for this position is up to $120,000 and provides excellent benefits.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.

Please email your resume, writing sample and cover letter to with subject line containing: Director for Data, Development Technology and Innovation. Materials must address the requirements listed. Position will remain open until filled, but applications will be reviewed as received.

Due to the expected volume of applications, only finalists will be notified.

All applicants must be able to provide documentation that they are legally eligible to work in the United States for an extended period of time. No phone calls please.

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